(PRWEB) January 30, 2013
The New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts has named Weinberger Law Group attorney Carmela Novi, Esq. to the roster of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases, a list of credentialed professionals available to mediate financial issues related to a couple’s divorce, including alimony, child support, and division of marital property, as part of the state’s court-mandated economic mediation program. Ms. Novi is now approved to serve as a court appointed mediator in Morris, Essex, Sussex and Bergen vicinages of New Jersey.
New Jersey’s Program for Mediation of Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases serves couples unable to reach an agreement concerning financial matters during the time of their Matrimonial Early Settlement Panel (MESP). Generally, cases are referred for mediation only after the couple’s MESP date fails to produce a binding result. However, state rules allow that any couple slated for MESP can go directly to mediation, if preferred. Prior to entering mediation, parties are required to provide accurate and complete information to the mediator and to each other, including tax returns, Case Information Statements, and appraisal reports.
When parties meet, the mediator serves as a neutral third party, there to guide the discussion, but not make any decisions. Benefits of the mediation process include the ability of parties to take an active role in resolving their own disputes and reaching mutually satisfying settlement decisions. In most cases, mediation is also a way for divorcing couples to save both time and money. Like private mediation, court-mandated mediation sessions are confidential.
“If there is an agreement between the parties, the mediator will send an outline of the terms and provisions of the agreement to the attorneys in a document called the Memorandum of Understanding,” explains family law attorney Bari Weinberger, managing partner of Weinberger Law Group. “Once the details are confirmed and formalized by both parties, their attorneys, and the judge, this agreement may ultimately become the Marital Settlement Agreement or Property Settlement Agreement.” Economic mediation does not address parenting time or child custody matters.
To qualify as a Mediator for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases, potential mediators must meet certain professional requirements and complete 40 hours of mediation training. Mediators approved for vicinage rosters include attorney-mediators who focus substantially on family law and other experienced professionals in the financial or mental health fields.
Ms. Novi brings more than 16 years of experience as a matrimonial and family law attorney to her work as a mediator. A graduate of New York Law School and Montclair State University, Ms. Novi has been twice recognized as a "New Jersey Super Lawyers - Rising Star," and continues to successfully handle a wide variety of cases as a practicing family law attorney with Weinberger Law Group. She is experienced with all facets of family law litigation, including contested issues of child support, alimony, college contribution, equitable distribution of assets, domestic violence matters, and prenuptial agreements. Ms. Novi is also experienced in private, pre-litigation mediation, in which she has successfully mediated couples to settlement prior to the filing of a Complaint for Divorce, helping them streamline the process and avoid costly litigation.
Ms. Novi also holds a number of volunteer and elected positions in her community. She was elected to the Montville Township Board of Education in 2010; is a former board member (and current general member) of the Kiwanis Club of Montville; and is a former member and Chair of the Montville Township Residents with Disabilities Advisory Committee, among her many accomplishments.
Additionally, Ms. Novi serves as an Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist in Morris County.
The Administrative Office of the Courts officially approved Ms. Novi’s admission to the roster of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases on January 7, 2013.